Electric Aura Projects have recently returned from another successful large-scale event! This time the Invictus Games 2017 Opening and Closing Ceremonies in Toronto featuring Rob Sondergaard as Production Designer and Jason McKinnon as Lighting Director.
An Olympic-Games Style international sports event,
On July 2, Electric Aura Projects were a part of We Day Canada – a special Canada 150 event held on Parliament Hill in Ottawa that drew an estimated crowd of 14,000 to the show in Canada’s capital city. The show was also streamed to Facebook live, and showcased the signature We Day lineup of stellar speakers and performers for We Day’s first outdoor festival event.
Hedley at WE Day Canada Sunday July 2, 2017 on Parliament Hill.
Photo Credit: Patrick Doyle/ CP for WE Day
With an extensive and diverse all-Canadian line-up to celebrate Canada 150 – the show included a rare appearance by The Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie, plus the crowd was entertained and inspired by We Day favourite Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Canadian astronaut-writer-musician Chris Hadfield performing with the Barenaked Ladies.
Photo Credit: Patrick Doyle/ CP for WE Day
Join us, Canada Day weekend, on Parliament Hill for a family-friendly event, bringing together world-renowned speakers, A-list performers, and tens of thousands of Canadians celebrating our commitment to making the next 150 years count. Help us inspire the next generation of change-makers make their mark on our beautiful nation. – weday.org
We’ve said Goodbye to 2016 and Hello to 2017, and already it has been yet another very busy year for Electric Aura, working on a variety of their signature large-scale events; throughout Canada and abroad.
This is the 3rd year in a row that Jason has designed the tours for We Day – a star-studded youth empowerment celebration featuring a diverse mix of incredibly motivating speakers, entertainment and live music by artists including The Band Perry, Tyler Shaw, and Francesco Yates.
Justin Trudeau made his first public appearance since getting sworn in as Prime Minister at the Ottawa show; other speakers included inspirational young people and celebrity ambassadors like Henry Winkler, Chelsea Clinton, Rick Hansen and Chris Hadfield.
With 14 trucks worth of stage, lighting, audio and video, the show this year is not only big but challenging as well, being staged in-the-round.
Working in the round poses many logistics challenges – from having to light 360 degrees when arenas are traditionally designed for an end stage, to the different scoring clocks and arena screens making a lot of unusable space. Add to that the fact that no two arenas are the same, so the rigging and positions for every element are completely different for every show.
As you can see from the gallery below, you’d never know, and that’s all part of the deal.
In keeping with the busy summer season, Electric Aura Projects recently finished up work on the Western Canada Summer Games at Wood Buffalo, AB.
The Western Canada Summer Games 2015 Wood Buffalo is the largest multi-sport event to be hosted in Wood Buffalo. Over 2500 athletes from Canada’s four western provinces and three northern territories, and over 14,000 guests attended the event held August 7 – 16, 2015 at Shell Place. The 10 days of the Games also included a festival featuring guest artists, musicians, art displays and cultural performances. – Western Canada Summer Games 2015 Website
Electric Aura Projects provided production design, lighting design, creative video content design and production electricians to this exciting outdoor event – see photos below. For more photos of opening ceremony production and lighting design, check out our portfolio.
According to the Knight of Illumination Awards site –
The “Knight of Illumination Awards”, organised by STLD, ALD, Ambersphere and Clay Paky, provide public recognition for the outstanding achievements of experts in Lighting Design, Video and Graphic Display and Projection Design who are working for UK productions across a range of professional areas.
To see more of Rob Sondergaard’s dance and theatre work be sure to check out the Reverse Collaboration portfolio on our website.
The winners are announced on the 4th October – good luck Rob!
Billed as “Canada’s largest electronic music festival”, the event was held at The Flats at Ontario Palace, Toronto on June 28 and we’ve just updated our portfolio to include a gallery showcasing our designs at the event.
Elements included in our production design were the Dreams Stage, Echo Beach Stage and the Bacardi Untameable stage, plus we also designed the site lighting for an integrated look throughout the site. The Dreams stage also featured an automated motor system so the stage could evolve from artist to artist.
Despite disappointing weather conditions meaning a fast design change on the fly after a large storm blew through, the event was a huge success – see the full gallery of pictures from the event in the Digital Dreams 2015 gallery.